What is EUPOL Afghanistan?
EUPOL Afghanistan (European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan) is a civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission. It has since its establishment in 2007 supported the reform efforts of the Afghan Government in building a civilian police service that operates within an improved rule of law framework and in respect of human rights. The Mission is part of the EU's long-term commitment and contributes to the EU's overall political and strategic objectives in Afghanistan. The Council of the European Union has extended the mandate of EUPOL Afghanistan until 31 December 2016.
EUPOL Afghanistan's support is delivered by its police experts from EU Member States, mainly through advising at the strategic level to the Afghan Ministry of Interior. EUPOL carries out its tasks in a joint effort with the Government and in close coordination with a number of local and international partners.
The EU Council's Political and Security Committee appointed in February 2015 Pia Stjernvall from Finland as the Head of Mission. Stjernvall succeeds Police Commissioner Karl Ake Roghe in the lead of the Mission. Tarmo Miilits (Estonia) serves as the Deputy Head of Mission. The European Union Special Representative in Afghanistan (EUSR), currently Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin, provides the Head Mission with local political guidance.